Telehospice addresses major issues that hospice patients and providers struggle with, the greatest being access to immediate care. When a situation arises that would typically require medical attention, patients will contact their nurse or our call center staffed by clinicians. If a patient and/or their caregiver feel it is an urgent situation and a nurse or physician is unable to provide immediate in-person medical care, such as with rural patients where the driving distance is further, or patients in a city who feel they have an immediate need they will now be able to visually connect with the clinicians in our call center. Every patient is different and has unique needs, however, some patient needs are more immediate or more frequent than others. Videoconferencing technology will allow clinical staff better communication with these patients who may need additional attention from time to time. Family members will no longer have to wait anxiously for a nurse to arrive, or struggle over the phone to describe difficult medical issues. Our on-call clinicians will be able to more effectively evaluate issues as they arise by having visual information and a face-to-face conversation, and patients and families will have the comfort of being able to actually see a clinical provider. Telehospice will provide our patients with improved and visual "on demand" care, and will give our senior patients and their families the reassurance that they can access care whenever they are in need. Alive sees a small number of "delayed response" comments on the satisfaction survey that is conducted after a patient's death. With this Telehospice project, we expect to show a decrease in those comments.
Vive is delivered to people age 65 or better living in affordable housing communities owned and managed by the Loveland Housing Authority (LHA). LHA communities provide the ideal setting for Vive as they are built with quality, affordable housing, community spaces, and accessible environments. These communities also house a high concentration of adults over age 55 with low annual median incomes ($15,888). One fifth of the senior households in these communities have an annual income of less than $10,000 per year, severely impacting their stability, health, and well-being. People at this income level often experience chronic and under treated health conditions, food insecurity, isolation, and high stress and anxiety. Vive seeks to alleviate these conditions by providing better access and support for health services, nutritious meals delivered on site, connections to peers and volunteers, and programs that promote health and wellness.
One of the most innovative aspects of Vive is that it removes barriers to impactful programs and resources by delivering services that are community based. So many seniors are asked to travel to different sites to receive the multiple services and supports needed to maintain good health. As people age, traveling becomes more challenging, especially if a person is no longer able to drive on their own. It is more effective to bring services into a community of seniors. Vive operates within walking distance of over 400 seniors. This improves participation rates and creates a community expectation of health and wellness.
The population of people age 65 or better is anticipated to grow exponentially over the next 10 years. Vive and the Loveland Housing Authority are prepared to meet this growth through the creation of more affordable housing for seniors, additional Green House Homes for skilled nursing care, and the delivery of community based services that promote healthy aging. We are embracing the best practice of providing HOUSING+SERVICES to ensure that every human being can thrive and achieve VIVE!
Many older adults in Talbot County can no longer drive and require public transportation to get to doctor's appointments. The Brookletts Place Talbot County Senior Center Bus Pass Program currently provides monthly bus passes to residents of Talbot County who require ongoing transportation to either the senior center, medical appointments or shopping. Participants must use the pass at least nine (9) times per month to remain eligible for the program.
Parkinson's Nebraska is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to responding to the unique needs of Nebraska's Parkinson's Community.
Parkinson's Nebraska embraces a holistic approach to nourish the mind, body, and spirit.
• Parkinson's Nebraska's staff is committed to connecting Nebraska's Parkinson's Community with the best and current information and resources needed to fully understand Parkinson's Disease and its many treatment options.
• Parkinson's Nebraska's website, monthly presentation series and resource library serve as a compass for Nebraskans living with Parkinson's and their caregivers.
• Parkinson's Nebraska's sponsored Parkinson's exercise classes incorporate a cognitive component to challenge participants to build mental flexibility and sharpness while they are strengthening their bodies through exercise.
• Parkinson's Nebraska has long been a proponent of specialized Parkinson's exercise classes because of exercise's proven effect of helping people with Parkinson's to manage and "stay ahead of" symptoms.
• Parkinson's Nebraska sponsors several specialized exercise classes and serves as a statewide directory for specialized exercise options.
• Parkinson's Nebraska understands how important it is for people to enjoy exercise to be motivated to stick with it, and that is why Parkinson's Nebraska sponsors a variety of classes and help people to find a class that is the best fit---whether it be ballroom dancing or boxing!
• Exercise Class participants experience and added benefit beyond strengthening the body. The comradery and friendships that develop between reps help protect against common feelings of isolation, despair, and depression that often accompany Parkinson's Disease.
• Parkinson's Nebraska wants people along the journey of Parkinson's Disease to know that they are never alone and works hard to get people connected to other people along the journey.
• Parkinson's Nebraska's website and staff direct individuals to local support groups, mental health professionals and other organizations.